It’s always an exciting time when homes, parks and business are suddenly outlined against the long evening in a luminous show of color and wintry scenes. These scenes become the magical backdrop for families and friends to enjoy the hours counting down to the holidays. And it all begins with one of the biggest. A few displays begin the day before Thanksgiving. Look for the particularly fine Chesapeake Energy Holiday Lights Display at the company’s OKC campus at NW 63rd Street and Western Avenue from Nov. 20-Jan. 5. Lights are on from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. the next morning. Broken Arrow’s Rhema Bible Church and college light up 1025 W. Kenosha St. between Nov. 21-Jan. 1 nightly from 5:30-11:30 p.m.
On Thanksgiving evening, expect to find more addresses plugging in, including Utica Square’s Light On, 21st Street and Utica Avenue, Tulsa, at 6:30 p.m.; and Garden of Lights in Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park, West Shawnee and North 40th streets, at dusk.
Others begin after the holiday, including the happenings of Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Celebration (www.thepollard.org) in full Victorian elegance (Nov. 23-Dec. 23); Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights (www.woolaroc.org) at Bartlesville’s Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (Nov. 23-Dec. 23); and the North Pole Winter Wonderland Holiday Exhibit at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (www.myriadgardens.org) in OKC (Nov. 25-Jan. 1). If the lights are on, you’ll always feel at home.
For more on these displays and to find others in the many towns across the state, check out www.travelok.com of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.